CONTEMPORARY CIRCUS COMPANY
Kanta Company is three circus artists from three different countries - Finland, Lithuania, and USA. The crew met at SaSak circus school in Lahti, Finland where they worked together on numerous productions before forming their own company in 2019. They aspire to create entertaining but thought provoking circus with a multi disciplinary approach that combines aerial acrobatics, Chinese pole, object manipulation, and physical comedy. Through circus they create a world where the everyday is extraordinary, and the real becomes surreal. Clothes and Us is their first full length show and has been performed at ReRiga Festival in Riga, Latvia and New Circus Weekend Festival in Vilnius, Lithuania, among others. The final version will premiere in April 2021.
Photo by Donatas Ališauskas
Born in Seattle, Lyla learned to unicycle at the age of five, before she'd even touched a bicycle. She trained at the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts and Circus Smirkus, specializing in aerial silks and unicycle. She loves cooking, making lists, and traveling.
Eino's circus journey began in youth circus in Lappeenranta, Finland. Inspired by his brother, he attended circus school where he specialized in hand to hand and aerial straps. Before circus Eino studied music, a skill he incorporates into his current work.
Movement, clowning, physical comedy, directing - that's what inspires Kestas. From Kaunas, Lithuania, he specializes in hand to hand and dance acrobatics. He likes playing basketball, getting attention, and making movies.
From Lappeenranta, Finland, Aino specializes in Chinese pole and bounce juggling. She's fascinated by the endless creativity of circus and is especially fond of many traditional Finnish things like drinking piimä (buttermilk), eating mämmi (rye pudding), and going to sauna.
Photos by Joonas Purastie